How do you edit your poems?

There's absolutely no rule about the editing process for me - it can be very, very lengthy, it can be years, so that the poem is begun and then worked on, put away, worked on over a number of years and even then sometimes abandoned. Or it can be quite speedy - speedy is less often than lengthy. When it's speedy that's very satisfying - when a whole poem plus the drafts come through in one or two days - that is fantastic but not frequent. But the editing is terribly important - a crucial part of the process for me, something I enjoy and something I enjoy doing with other people's work too, both as a teacher and through my work with Arc Publications as a consulting editor.


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